Common Garter Snake
Jan02

Common Garter Snake

The common garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis, ranges from coast to coast and from Canada to Texas. There are seven subspecies in eastern and central North America: red-sided garter snake (T. s. parietalis), Chicago garter snake (T. s. semifasciatus), blue-striped garter snake (T. s. similis), eastern garter snake (T. s. sirtalis), Texas garter snake (T. s. annectens), New Mexico garter snake (T. s. dorsalis), and maritime garter snake...

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Spring Salamander
Oct26

Spring Salamander

Spring salamanders (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus) range from southern Quebec to northern Louisiana. There are four recognized subspecies: northern spring salamander (G. p. porphyriticus), Blue Ridge spring salamander (G. p. danielsi), Carolina spring salamander (G. p. dunni), and the Kentucky spring salamander (G. p. duryi). Similar species are red salamanders and mud salamanders. Spring salamanders can be identified by the light line...

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Slimy Salamander
Oct24

Slimy Salamander

The slimy salamander species complex ranges from New Hampshire to Florida to Texas. This species complex includes 13 species: western slimy salamander (Plethodon albagula), Chattahoochee slimy salamander (Plethodon chattahoochee), Atlantic coast slimy salamander (Plethodon chlorobryonis), white-spotted slimy salamander (Plethodon cylindraceus), northern slimy salamander (Plethodon glutinosus), southeastern slimy salamander (Plethodon...

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Cottonmouths
Oct20

Cottonmouths

There are two species of cottonmouths: the northern cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) and the Florida cottonmouth (Agkistrodon conanti). Cottonmouths as a whole range from central Texas to southeastern Virginia. Florida cottonmouths exist only in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The main identifying feature is the coloration of adults. Northern cottonmouths are much darker and their patterning less obvious. Florida cottonmouths in...

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Virginia Herpetology Camp for Kids!
Oct05

Virginia Herpetology Camp for Kids!

Do you have a child that’s really passionate about reptiles and amphibians? Do you live in Northern Virginia? Well, I am about to blow your minds! There is a two day herpetology camp for children at Bull Run Mountain Conservancy in Broad Run, Virginia¬†every summer. I volunteered as a councilor for one of the two herp camps offered and was impressed with the amount of enthusiasm and knowledge these kids brought to the table. Day...

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